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Additional programming at The Old Vic

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Old Vic has announced new performances in its Voices Off and One Voice series as well as Christmas Storytelling as part of its programme for families.

The Science of Generosity, part of Voices Off, will take place on December 14, 2017, with Christmas Storytelling on December 16. And One Voice returns in January 2018 with an exciting collection of new monologues performed by renowned actors.


Voices Off is a series of talks, conversations, debates and workshops given by leading figures from the arts, media, science and politics, which explore the themes raised by the productions on the main stage.

The Science of Generosity, in association with Mishcon de Reya LLP – in the auditorium on Thursday, December 14 at 5pm. Tickets: £6.

No one has ever become poor by giving Anne Frank

Christmas is a time for good cheer, warm wishes and generous giving. And that’s good news because, as Scrooge finds out in A Christmas Carol, giving may really be good for us – recent research has shown that altruism has a positive and measurable effect on our health. Doing things to care for others can help us to feel less isolated, release endorphins to make us happier, reduce stress and even help us to live longer – but why?

Discover more about the science behind generosity – why our evolution might influence the way we work together and how we give both on an individual and international scale.


Christmas Storytelling, in association with BookTrust – in the auditorium on Saturday, December 16 at 11.30am. Tickets: £6 children, £12 adults.

For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Welcome in the festive season with a morning of storytelling for all the family on stage at The Old Vic – the perfect setting for a cosy Christmas tale.

Authors and performers will read short stories from their own work and from their childhood Christmas favourites. The line-up includes Michael Rosen reading from Bah! Humbug!, his unforgettable new retelling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – and, if we ask him, he might tell us about that ‘Chocolate Cake’!!!

Running time: approx. 50 minutes.

Age Recommendation: 5+.

Jack Thorne’s new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, starring Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge, runs at The Old Vic until January 20, 2018.

ONE VOICE, funded by the TS Eliot Estate – in the auditorium on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 5pm. Tickets: £15.

All I have is a voice W H Auden

One Voice is a series of monologues, funded by the TS Eliot Estate, celebrating the rawest of theatre forms – a single voice on a stage without scenery, and with nothing to rely on but words.

The programme of specially commissioned one-off performances includes:

The Hardest Rain written and performed by Zawe Ashton, directed by Jo McInnes

Renewed by Deirdre Kinahan with Julie Walters

Have You Ever Engaged In Genocide? by Tamsin Oglesby

John Speed by Chris Terrio

Further casting to be announced.